Jackie Chan’s insensitive rants anger netizens in China…again

Alia | August 5th, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Jackie Chan praised Beijing’s blue sky on Weibo and wanted to call himself “world-known TV, singing and action star.” In response, Chinese netizens called him “model ass-kisser of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Vice governor of Guizhou province draws fire online for speaking his mind

Alia | July 29th, 2013 - 4:36 am

Chen Xiaoming, vice governor of Guizhou province who runs a “star government official Weibo account” hit his first wall of public outcry after calling those who “don’t love their own country” “scum”.

Are Chinese netizens on Weibo just a bunch of “three-low” losers?

Alia | June 25th, 2013 - 11:22 pm
Beijing Evening News front page

China’s Academy of Social Sciences released its 2013 China New Media Development Report yesterday, in which the majority of Weibo users are labeled as “low age, low education level and low income.” Chinese netizens not happy.

Subtle censorship at its finest: Weibo took out candle icon ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

Alia | June 3rd, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Days around June 4 have become China’s annual Internet “maintenance” period. This year, on June 3, Sina Weibo, China’s most dynamic microblog service, rolled out what has been its finest censorship move – to temporarily remove the candle icon.

New Internet meme in China: “Principal, get a room with me. Let go of your students!”

Alia | May 30th, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Chinese netizens started an online troll after female activist Ye Haiyan protested in Hainan against child abusers. By asking “school principals” to “get a room with me,” netizens are hoping that the country’s kids will be in a safer place.

On World Press Freedom Day, China’s censors are on full gear to block a 19-year-old poisoning case

Alia | May 3rd, 2013 - 7:11 pm

To answer netizens’ calls for a re-investigation into Zhu Ling’s 19-year-old poisoning case, Chinese authorities blocked all words and deleted all posts related to the case on Sina Weibo, on World Press Freedom Day.

An earthquake in a Weibo-powered China

Alia | April 21st, 2013 - 1:07 am
8 hours of traffic jam

Seven out of the 8 top trending topics currently on Weibo are about the earthquake in Ya’an. The very first one titled “7.0 earthquake in Ya’an, Sichuan,” which keeps updating the latest news and casualty numbers in Sichuan, is generating more than 67 million chatters.

10 years after SARS, China is faced with another deadly flu. Chinese netizens asked: “Has the government learned its lesson?”

Alia | April 3rd, 2013 - 2:14 am

10 years ago in 2003 when SARS was gradually under control, China’s now retired president Hu Jintao took power. 10 years later, Xi Jinping steps onto the stage and here is H7N9 bird flu. Many of Chinese netizens sighed: “History always repeats itself. 10 years, we circle back.”

Chinese netizens raised concerns about social media goodwill after publicity stunt exposed on Weibo

Alia | March 27th, 2013 - 4:37 am

An uplifting story was proved a staged publicity stunt one day after going viral on Sina Weibo, China’s leading microblogging service. Weibo’s credibility as an information source is called into question by netizens.

Over half of Chinese officials have Weibophobia

Alia | February 24th, 2013 - 11:06 pm

A survey by People’s Forum among 2156 government officials across China showed that more than half of government officials in the country have Weibophobia.